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2 hours ago, albundy said:

Was thinking that one positive that can come from today is that some of the folk that came along continue to do so.

Can't really see it, can you?

The fans, Trust etc done their bit, travelling in numbers with great colour & voice too.

Were we entertained on the pitch though?

Aitken's negative team selections & tactics are killing it for me (and others). 

Would prefer to lose 6-5 than a 92nd minute injury time 1-0 defeat. :(

 

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Gutted. 

Big Hutton was immense and Scott Gallagher had a good game.  Handling was a-fucking-bsymal - does he have a tag on that prevents him from running forward with the ball?  We weren't exactly playing the most attacking system either so the fact he was stopping loads of moves forward was not ideal.  Stewart should have started that for me - Beanie is not a lone striker.  If we'd had a proper go at them I think Caley were there for the taking today.

Attention back on the league.  Don't see us finishing anywhere but 9th but still points to play for.  We need to be brave and attack teams.

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9 minutes ago, sonsism said:

Gutted. 

Big Hutton was immense and Scott Gallagher had a good game.  Handling was a-fucking-bsymal - does he have a tag on that prevents him from running forward with the ball?  We weren't exactly playing the most attacking system either so the fact he was stopping loads of moves forward was not ideal.  Stewart should have started that for me - Beanie is not a lone striker.  If we'd had a proper go at them I think Caley were there for the taking today.

Attention back on the league.  Don't see us finishing anywhere but 9th but still points to play for.  We need to be brave and attack teams.

I thought Handling showed glimpses of decent stuff, but he wasn't consistent enough. 

What today did show for me is that Beany is done. It really hasn't worked coming out of retirement and perhaps a lower level of football is now his level.

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I kind of lost all my emotions when Caley scored. I'm not sure if I'm alone in this, but it was like everything just went silent, and since then I've kind of been in a trance. It's almost like the denial stage of grief, I'm just refusing to accept that it happened.

That was a horrible way to lose a final. Arguably about as bad as it gets actually. But it was absolutely wonderful to see so many Sons fans, and so many people decked out in tops, scarves and the like. If we can even persuade a couple of hundred of them to come along to the Rock regularly that would be a huge boost.

Kyle Hutton and Scott Gallacher were both excellent today. Arguably their best games for us. Them aside though I didn't think anyone really, truly stepped up to the occasion.

I always wondered how getting to a final would impact some of the younger guys, and I think a few of them were a bit scared to take risks. Handling was very, very safe for example. Boomer didn't have a great game - though I suspect he felt he was walking on eggshells after the early booking (and surely should've been given a second booking if it was him who conceded the penalty?)

Dowie and Mango were brave, and chucked themselves at everything, but again they lost possession cheaply. I lost count of the amount of times Mango fired it straight out of play.

The gamble with Tom Walsh didn't really pay-off either. At the start he looked like a guy who hadn't played in a month or so, and then as his sharpness improved he got injured. I'd have Stirling straight back in over him on Tuesday night - whether Walsh is fit or not.

Up top Beany worked hard, and did well to win a few fouls, but you can't really expect a 35 year old striker who has spent the latter part of his career as a winger to lead the line. I can only assume that Mark Stewart is still carrying a knock of some kind, because he'd be starting every day of the week for me.

I was pleased to see Grant Gallagher back on the bench. I know I've been a critic of his, but he's had an absolutely brutal time of it with injury. He deserves a wee break.

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24 minutes ago, Tartantony said:

I had already decided to ditch Celtic for a season ticket at the Sons next season but today has just cemented that decision. These days do impact people so you never know, perhaps there will be a few more new faces along next season.

I was at the league cup final earlier in the season as a Celtic fan and it was shite, there was no build up, no atmosphere, I never even wore my scarf that day. We won but it pretty much felt like another run of the mill league win.

Today I woke up to my 2 kids chanting a Dumbarton song at me, over excited, shirts and scarfs on for a trip down to the stadium for a few beers before the buses left. They gave the kids a goody bag with balloons, confetti stuff and a son's trust application form (which will be getting filled in). We get there and they see all the black and gold flags and feel the excitement. My eldest was nearly in tears when Caley scored. The whole experience was fantastic despite the result.

Glad to hear that TartanTony, welcome aboard, and the kids. Great to hear

Probably just on a bit of a downer after the result today. I go home & away and I'm increasingly fed up with Aitken's tactics & bizarre formations, not going for it today in a one-off Final was very frustrating.

All the best

 

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2 hours ago, BallochSonsFan said:

What today did show for me is that Beany is done.

 

1 hour ago, pleslie99 said:

Beany is done as much as it pains me to say it. He's not a lone striker and hardly touched the ball today

Saints fans were saying similar about Steven MacLean earlier this season, and it seems an identical situation, in that its more a case of the striker being completely isolated.

Think your manager tried to combat that by playing Handling in behind him, but that set up led to ICT having an extra man in the middle and having that advantage slowly dragged them into dominance, especially second half when they upped their tempo. I think the only negative aspect of the play was your left back McLaughlin refusing to go beyond Walsh, which seen multiple moments where Hutton had the ball, Walsh came short with two defenders, and Hutton simply got crowded out. Seemed a perfect chance to get in behind Caleys defence and it was ignored all match.

Just my opinion of course, thats the first time I've seen Dumbarton this season.

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